Ding ding, goes the tram. This affordable form of public transport has seen many changes, historical moments and ups and downs throughout its 115 years of operation in Hong Kong, and its longevity reflects the tram’s importance in our beloved city’s hustle and bustle. Having since gained iconic status, the tram – affectionately called ding ding in Cantonese – is a moving piece of heritage that zips its way through intersections, walkways and even a market every single day.
As an avid tram lover, I’ve been on my fair share of trams, having learned to appreciate a sans aircon ride that lets me take in the soft natural wind, comforting sounds of city traffic and photograph-worthy views from the upper deck. Admittedly, the experience isn’t always idyllic – rush hour tram rides aren’t quite as comfortable – but I don’t think the tram deserves the huffs and grunts that it receives from its seeming inconveniences. Not to worry, though; here’s my beginner’s guide to tram etiquette, especially applicable for when you’re entering a fully-packed tram. By Mabel Lui